Tag: Israel

Rare Photos from Israel’s War of Independence

A photograph from the day the port of Haifa was handed to the Israel Defense Forces – a formation of naval officers raising the flag of Israel and the flag of the Israeli navy for the first time in the port, upon the entrance of Prime Minister David Ben-Gurion. (Kedem Auction House)

(JTA) — Thursday is Israel’s Independence Day, which commemorates the country’s official Declaration of Independence in 1948. The country celebrated with rallies, fireworks displays, flyovers by the Israeli Air Force and family barbecues.

It was a hard-fought independence — the…

Rashida Tlaib Sets Dates for Congressional Visit to West Bank

Rep. Rashida Tlaib at the funeral service for former Rep. John Dingell at Holy Trinity Catholic Church in Washington, D.C., Feb. 14, 2019. (Pablo Martinez Monsivais/Pool/Getty Images)

WASHINGTON (JTA) — Rep. Rashida Tlaib, D-Mich., set the dates for her congressional visit to the West Bank.

Tlaib, a Palestinian American, proposed the trip last year after she was elected to Congress for the first time as a counterbalance to Israel trips organized by the American Israel Education Foundation, an affiliate of the American Israel Public Affairs Committee.

On Wednesday,…

With Jerusalem Embassy in Place, Trump Administration Ends Waiver

Israeli workers prepare the ceremony stage inside the U.S. consulate that will act as the new U.S. embassy, Jerusalem, Israel, May 13, 2018. (Lior Mizrahi/Getty Images)

WASHINGTON (JTA) — The Trump administration ended the practice in effect for more than two decades of waiving a law requiring the move of the U.S. Embassy to Jerusalem.

Secretary of State Mike Pompeo said in a statement Wednesday that the waiver no longer was necessary. President Donald Trump moved the embassy to Jerusalem last year on May 14, and in March, Ambassador…

Israelis on Memorial Day Mourn Nation’s 23,741 Soldiers Killed in Service

JERUSALEM (JTA) — Israelis remembered their fallen soldiers and terror victims, coming to a standstill with the sounding of a siren marking the start of Yom Hazikaron, or Memorial Day.

Some 23,741 soldiers have died while serving in the Israel Defense Forces and its forerunners. Ninety-five names were added to the list this year, including 40 veterans who died of wounds sustained during their service. The list includes all the deaths from 1860 until today. The year 1860 marks the year in which the first Jewish neighborhood was established outside the Old City of Jerusalem.

Sixteen names were added…

Israeli President Reuven Rivlin Calls for ‘Reverse Birthright’ at Opening of Jewish Federations’ Conference

TEL AVIV (JTA) — Israeli President Reuven Rivlin has called for a “reverse Birthright” that would take Israelis to see the American Jewish community firsthand.

Rivlin made his remarks Monday at the opening of the General Assembly, the annual conference of the Jewish Federations of North America, in Tel Aviv.

Titled “We Need to Talk,” the three-day conference is focusing on the divisions between Israeli and Diaspora Jews. More than 3,000 participants are on hand for the event.

The Jewish Federations of North America is the umbrella body for nearly 150 Jewish federations, which…